Taking a beating for riding on the sidewalk

If you get caught in Central Park running a red light, you may get a $270.00 ticket by the NYPD as part of their “Operation Safe Cycle.” If you get caught in the Bronx, you might also catch a beating.

From the NY Daily News:
Cops beat me up for riding on the sidewalk: cyclist; Brutal Bronx arrest caught on deli video camera
BY Kerry Wills & Barry Paddock
Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, 12:52 PM

Nicastro for News
A young Bronx man says he was battered by cops who arrested him for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.

The arrest was caught on a deli’s security camera, which shows cops slamming Jorge Cartagena, 19, against a wall and pushing him to the floor.

“I’m not a bad kid,” an emotional Cartagena told the Daily News. “I’m a good kid. I just stay home, and ride my bike. What did I do?”

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating, a police spokesman said. Cartagena says he rode his bicycle onto the sidewalk Friday evening to grab a sandwich from a Westchester Square deli. He was confronted by two uniformed cops who threatened to give him a ticket but let him go.

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